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Exclusive: Stream Travis Ehrenstrom’s entire new album “Remain A Mystery” + earn a download of the whole album and other goodies

Monday, August 5th, 2013


Today, Frequency is pleased to host an exclusive stream of the new album from Bend-based singer-songwriter Travis Ehrenstrom, “Remain A Mystery.”

It’s an engaging listen, an eclectic, 21st century take on folk-pop-rock-whatever. Fans of Wilco, Ryan Adams and My Morning Jacket’s mellower moments should take notice.

You can click below to listen, but we also have a way for you to get a copy of your own, for free. Ehrenstrom has generously offered up five digital downloads of the entire album, and one package of goodies — a T-shirt, plus the album on CD and vinyl — to commenters on Frequency.

Here’s all you have to do: Leave a comment on this blog post and let me know your favorite song on the album, and what you like about it. Be sure to leave a real email address so I can get in touch with you. After a week, I’ll pick five people to receive the downloads and one to receive the shirt, CD and record.

So get to it! And don’t hesitate; the whole album will only stream for a week.

Stay tuned to Frequency and GO! Magazine, because we’ll have more on Ehrenstrom and the album ahead of his release show Aug. 24 at The Open Door in Sisters.

Exclusive stream: Travis Ehrenstrom, “Remain A Mystery”

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Travis Ehrenstrom Band. Its namesake is second from left.

The Travis Ehrenstrom Band. Its namesake is second from left.

When I saw Central Oregon singer-songwriter Travis Ehrenstrom perform in early 2009, my review focused on “Remember My Name,” a terrific song from his solo album “Somewhere In Between.” At the time, Ehrenstrom was 19, and I thought the tune’s high quality foreshadowed good things to come from the young artist.

Four years later, Ehrenstrom seems to be on the verge of delivering on that promise in a big way with his new record “Remain A Mystery.” Funded primarily through the fundraising website Kickstarter and recorded by Keith Banning at Lonely Grange Recorders in Sisters, the full-length album is expected to be released in June.

Until then, you can dig into the title track, which is exclusively available for streaming below thanks to Ehnrenstrom. It’s a big sonic step forward from the guy-and-guitar aesthetic of “Somewhere In Between,” with its lush sound, faint keyboard pulse and ethereal melody. At times, Ehrenstrom sounds like he’s channelling My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and if you know me, you know that’s a massive compliment.

Ehrenstrom expects to have preorders for the new album up on his Bandcamp soon, and on Saturday, he’ll debut his new band at The Belfry in Sisters, where he’ll help warm up The Weather Machine‘s CD-release party. The show will start at 8 p.m. and it’s $10 to get in, or free with a student ID.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Bend’s venerable Domino Room will host two nights of quality music this weekend. On Saturday, it’ll be a dance party with Seattle Afro-funk band Polyrhythmics and Eugene acid-jazz group Eleven Eyes. But first up, tonight’ll be a string-band hoedown with frequent Bend visitors Polecat (from Washington state) and one of the country’s finest contemporary bluegrass acts, The Infamous Stringdusters from Charlottesville, Va.

My colleague David Jasper spoke with Stringduster bassist Travis Book about the band’s fans and why he doesn’t mind when people don’t pay attention to their shows. Here’s an excerpt of his story.

“We’re seeing a lot of people come to the shows, and some of them are refugees from country music,” he said. “And we’re also seeing a lot of people who were into the jam-band music scene. It’s interesting. We have one of the more diverse audiences I’ve seen. I think that’s a testament to the diversity of sound within our band. It runs the full range from country to rock to jazz and more improvisational art forms. So it’s an interesting time for us.”

And all those diverse audiences are welcome to enjoy themselves however they please at a Stringdusters show. Even if that means talking through the performance.

Wait. Isn’t this a notorious pet peeve of live performers? Surely it must bother him when people sit at the bar, virtually ignoring him while he’s working so hard keeping his upright bass up, right?

“Hell no,” Book said. “They can do whatever they want. As long as they pay (for) the ticket and they’re enjoying themselves and not taking away from anybody else’s experience, by all means. Sometimes I go to shows, and that’s all I want to do is socialize. Sometimes I want to throw down and dance and sometimes I just want to sit and listen.”

You should read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Travis Ehrenstrom hosts a night of music in Sisters, The Ascetic Junkies play one last time as a full band before paring down to a duo, dirty-rap icon Blowfly comes to Redmond, Violation headlines a punk show in Bend, Josh and Mer wrap up the Northwest Best concert series at Liquid Lounge and more.